Sorry - cannot display this picture in this browser, it is a view towards Bishopsteignton in mist. As the mist clears, everything becomes clearer

Difficult Questions

Click a blue coloured box below.


These online Bible study notes or guides are free for you to use for small groups, for individual Bible studies, or as Bible commentaries.

Each study also has a link to a PDF file to download or print.


If you need help using these guides, click here: HELP

The following is taken from an A5 booklet, available HERE as a PDF file, or post-free: email your request to freebsuk.gmail.com


What is God?


Does the question make you feel uncomfortable? Would you prefer it to ask: Who is God? But that would suggest that God is a person and we haven’t got there yet.


Or maybe you’re uncertain: is there actually a God? This may help you make up your mind.


So I shall have to decide here and now whether to refer to God as he or she rather than it. ‘He’ or ‘she’ refers to a person; ‘It’ suggests something that is more impersonal, maybe physical and describable, or perhaps something else – maybe not physical, or not easily describable. Therefore I’ll use ‘it’ for the time being, until we’ve decided otherwise.


I make no apology here for quoting from the Bible. It has been described as God’s book so it may be sensible to see what it says. As God is decidedly not physical it must be something else. The Bible says ‘God is Spirit’ – but what does that mean?


Do you sometimes feel that there must be more than the physical universe that we experience every day: that there must be another dimension? It does exist and it is God’s dimension, and it is vast – timeless, everlasting, never-ending, infinite in size. For God to be truly God it could not be anything less.


So let’s start with some descriptions of what God must be like:

There can only be one God. Nothing or no one could ever claim equality with almighty God.

It cannot be possible to limit God in any way – otherwise God would not be Almighty.


Linked to that is the fact that God can do anything – no-one can say ‘God can’t do that’.


By saying that God can do anything, we are already accepting that God is able to do things. So we are forced to use the only terminology available to us and say that God has to be alive.


Not a robot or machine controlled by something else, because the ‘something else’ would then be God.


To say that God is alive, and much more than just an animal, or a human, means that we have to then use terms like ‘he’ or ‘she’. But both words imply gender, so for now I’ve decided to use ‘He’ with a capital H and we can now add to our list:



To read the whole booklet, click HERE

Large print Handout covering all studies. This can also be printed as an A5 booklet.
For help to do this click HERE

Handout
pdf
file

Powerpoint presentation for
use with studies 7 and 8.
Click blue box to download file.
If you need an older ppt file click HERE

Download
pptx
file

God. What is life?
Where does life come from?
God's attributes.
Creation: Particle Physics

Study
1

Resurrection bodies
New Heaven and Earth.
More Creation - Light

Study
2

More Creation -
Spinning Earth
Water, Vegetation, Sun, Moon, Stars, Gravity, Pangea

Study
3

More Creation -
Living creatures - Mankind
Sin.

Study
4

Time, Eternity, Predestination
What happens when I die?

Study
5

Calvinism, Arminianism
The Lamb's Book of Life.
God is totally in control
We have complete free will.

Study
6

Does God have a plan for my life? (1)
Original Sin - Our choice?

Study
7

Does God have a plan for my life? (2)

Study
8

The Trinity (1) God, Jesus

Study
9

The Holy Spirit, The Trinity (2)

Study
10




NIV copyright